Space travel is hard

When you think of outer space exploration, most folks from my generation tend to think of Florida’s Cape Canaveral, rather than Virginia’s Eastern Shore or Wallops Island. However, when it comes to manned space travel or space exploration, there has been a lot more activity in Virginia than Florida the past few years. You probably know nothing …

Uncle Sam Has a Little Company On the Moon, China Lands Space Probe

China made a little history yesterday. It became the third country ever to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. Only the United States and the Soviets have done so. Accompanying the lunar module is a rover named Jade Rabbit. JR is reportedly loaded with experiments and going to probe a particular section of the …

NASA to Launch Rockets Today … From a Virginia (not Florida) Location

Later this morning NASA is scheduled to launch two sounding rockets at the Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The launches were scrubbed yesterday because of weather complications. What is the big deal about the story? Well, it is not Florida, it is Virginia. Growing up in Florida and having seen many space shuttle …

U.S. Should Take Lead in Space Security

The Washington Time’s Bill Gertz  penned a good piece this morning on outer space security: “New space-arms control initiative draws concern.” You can read it here. Over at The Space Review blog, you can read a good background summary of the matter that details the Obama Administration’s apparent back and forth on the issue. From this outpost, …

Satellite Export Controls Bill Introduced in Congress

If your one of the folks in this town who follow ongoing efforts to reform U.S. export control laws, you know that control of satellite and related technologies is a hot button issue on Capitol Hill.  Indeed, officials both on and off the Hill will frankly admit that it is best to leave satellite controls …

Satellite Parts Smuggler Arrested in … Woodinville?

Part of the Seattle metropolitan area, the city of Woodinville has a population of about 10,000 and is better known for wineries and destination restaurants. Wonder what the town elders have to say about one of their own being arrested yesterday on multiple conspiracy counts for alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)? …

The Space Review: Hope for significant export control reform, Satflex

The Editor of The Space Review recently penned a piece on export control reforms and the space industry that is worth a read.   It summarizes remarks made at a recent conference by senior Congressional staff on the status of various reform measures being considered by the Congress. Regardless of how much interest there may …